Analysis Of The Poem ' Laundry '

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The Life of Laundry Laundry embodies only two forms, clean or dirty, and in order to pursue the clean one must experience the dirty. This is the unfair paradoxical reality that is pushed so far in “Love Calls Us to the Things of the World”. In this case the laundry holds the form of the soul, providing characteristics of cleanliness and innocence. But once the soul is put on for the day, the day slowly chips away that innocence and paints of dirt collect. The clean is the wonderful spiritual world; whereas, the dirt is the physical world. Reality kicks in at the end of the poem to insure the soul that there still is a physical world to attend to; however strong the essence of the spiritual is. Through diction, organization, and literary devices Richard Wilbur creates this struggle of the soul between the spiritual and physical world in “Love Calls Us to the Things of the World”. Word choice in this poem is, at its core, so simple, yet its aura persuades the complexity of the conflict. First off, there consists of two opposite collections of words that separate and create the two tones. Words such as: “soul”, “angels”, “flying”, and “joy” create the world of the spiritual and the obvious favorability of it. In lines two and three the first clue to the spiritual is granted, “And spirited from sleep, the astounded soul/Hangs for a moment bodiless and simple” (Wilbur).Other than the use of “spirited”, the personification of the soul as hanging and “bodiless” suggests that it’s
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